Considering the current circumstances, the European Committee of the Regions’ ENVE Commission would like to launch an online stakeholders’ consultation aimed at feeding into the preparation of its upcoming opinion on the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) which was published on the 11th of March 2020 by the European Commission (EC) as part of the European Green Deal.
With this Plan, the EC seeks to scale up the circular economy from front-runners to mainstream economic players and to contribute to achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and decoupling economic growth from resource use.
This online consultation, aimed at providing the rapporteur Tjisse STELPSTRA (NL/ECR) and his expert Ingrid ZEEGERS with comments and suggestions, is open to representatives of local and regional authorities (LRAs) and their stakeholder associations. Experts, officials of EU institutions and think tanks are also invited to contribute.
To frame the discussions, the rapporteur is sharing with you his ENVE commission work document containing some general and other more specific questions structured around the following four aspects:
The LRAs’ role in delivering the circular economy
Shift in economic system
There is no waste, there are just resources
Setting targets/framing legislation
?Given the Covid-19 crisis, the ENVE rapporteur draws attention to how dependent we are on resources, inside and outside Europe, and further enquires what lessons can we learn from this sanitary emergency that we’ll need to take into account when moving towards a new, circular and fair society?
The rapporteur’s working document is currently available in English via this link, whilst all the other languages will be made available by the 8th of April. We will provide the link to other linguistic versions in the coming days.
The current ENVE opinions’ working calendar (depending on the evolution of the crisis situation) is the following: work document is scheduled for discussion in the ENVE Commission meeting on the 8th of June; the draft opinion is foreseen for adoption at the ENVE meeting on 9th of September; final vote at the Plenary Session of 13-14 October 2020.
You are kindly invited to share with us your written contributions related to the CEAP by the 1st of May or simply reply to the questions raised by the rapporteur in his work document by sending them to Aliona.Fornea@cor.europa.eu and firstname.lastname@example.org In addition, please note that the rapporteur and his team is also available for online meetings and chats upon request and when appropriate.
The Eus Assembly of Regional and Local Representatives, 6 April 2020